MI6 has the first details on the James Bond videogame
coming to the new Sony PSP handheld later this year...
Sony PSP James Bond Videogame
8th May 2005
MI6 can reveal details of a James Bond video game planned for
release on the new Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld platform
later this year.
emanating from a US retailer named "James Bond 007:
Part IV" as the holding title for the yet to be confirmed
game for the Sony PSP. Traditionally, EA have internally
numbered their 007 releases sequentially, excluding only
a couple of "spin-off" titles (007 Racing, GoldenEye:
So far EA Games have released "Tomorrow Never Dies"
(Bond 1), "The World Is Not Enough" (Bond 2),
"Agent Under Fire" (Bond 3), "NightFire"
(Bond 4) and "Everything
or Nothing" (Bond 5).
A game in development last year, featuring the likeness
of Pierce Brosnan in an original storyline penned by Bond
writer Bruce Feirstein, was canned after the actor stepped
down from the 007 role. This game was internally named "Bond
Above: Front and back views of the new
Sony PSP handheld.
For Sony, With Love
Since last summer, work on "From
Russia With Love" began, and was officially announced
last month - although regular MI6 readers got the exclusive news
back in January. As the
game has always been known as "From Russia With Love",
and due to the cancellation of the "Bond 6" project,
the numbering system used for EA's Bond games is now unclear -
thereby creating much confusion over the "Part IV" listing
for the Sony PSP.
MI6 can reveal that "From Russia With Love" will be
released on the new Sony PSP, joining the traditional PlayStation
2, Xbox and GameCube
platforms. Although already available in the USA and Japan, the
Sony PSP hardware has yet to be released in Europe, so "From
Russia With Love" is set to become a strong launch title
later this year. Presently, details on the title are scarce, but
the Sony PSP version is planned to be released simultaneously
alongside the three console versions.
Since the Sony-lead consortium took over MGM in a "merger"
earlier this year, rumours have been circulating that Sony may
want more exclusivity of particular franchises on their own platforms.
With the PlayStation 3 / Xbox Xenon / Nintendo Revolution console
war about to kick within in the next year, some gaming commentators
have floated the idea that future James Bond titles may be specific
to the Sony platform in an attempt to motivate consumers to opt
for their system over rival platforms. Whilst this would no doubt
boosts long-term sales of Sony's specific platform, it would do
so at the short-term cost of sales to Microsoft and Nintendo consumers.
MI6 has learned that, at this time, there are no plans to limit
future James Bond games for only Sony specific platforms - although
Sony's involvement will be much greater than that of MGM during
past EA titles.
Official details of "From Russia With Love" for the
Sony PSP have yet to be announced, although the console title
will make its debut at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles later this month
where the Sony PSP version could be confirmed.
Above: The new Sony PSP handheld.
With eye-popping graphics, dazzling widescreen LCD, wireless connectivity
and the ability to play games, music and movies when and where
you want, the PSP gives you the freedom to enjoy entertainment
on your terms.
PSP Technical Specs